Planning and policy for earthquake hazards in New Zealand

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Becker, J.S.; Johnston, D.M. 2000 Planning and policy for earthquake hazards in New Zealand. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences science report 2000/28 34 p.

Abstract: The Resource Management Act 1991 gives both regional and local authorities the function of controlling land use for the purpose of avoiding or mitigating natural hazards (Section 30 (1) (c) (iv) and 3 (b)). Plans and policy statements must be prepared in accordance with council functions and Section 30, making it necessary for regional and district councils to consider the avoidance or mitigation of natural hazards when preparing such a document. To better understand how to effectively incorporate natural hazards into plans and policy statements, a project was initiated to analyse the type of information and policies included in these documents and the processes involved in implementing natural hazard policies. The project has commenced with an initial study, analysing how twenty-four regional and district councils located in the Hawke's Bay, Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions address earthquake hazards. The report summarises the results of the initial study. (auth)